Healthy Living

Gout: Facts

What is Uric Acid?

What is uric acid?

When your liver breaks down purines, uric acid is produced. This is a waste product which is excreted from the blood through your kidneys.


High levels of uric acid in your blood, a condition called Hyperuricemia results if your:

  • Liver produces too much of uric acid or
  • Kidney is unable to get rid of the uric acid from your body.